PHILADELPHIA - In front of 21,422 track and field fans at historic Franklin Field on Thursday, four Quakers and a relay posted top-five all-time marks for the University of Pennsylvania during the first day of the 120th Penn Relays.
Freshman Cleo Whiting and sophomore Elyssa Gensib posted two of the top five marks all-time at Penn in the women's 3,000 meters at Thursday night's distance classic. Whiting was ninth overall and came across the finish line in 9:29.43. That's the third-fastest time in school history and the best performance by a Quaker since Emily Logan set the school record in 2004. Meanwhile, Gensib also set a personal-best with her 13th-place finish of 9:35.75 and remained fifth all-time at Penn after Whiting jumped into the top five.
To cap the day, senior Kersie Jhabvala topped her personal-best in the women's 10,000 meters and moved into second-place all-time at Penn with a finish of 35:12.05. That placed her 13th overall as she clipped more than 20 seconds off her career best.
In the men's 10k, freshman Brendan Shearn became just the ninth man in program history to break 30 minutes in the event. His finish of 29:49.04 is third-best all-time at Penn and the best for any Quaker since John Cico in 1981.
The Quakers finished fourth in the women's distance medley relay with the fifth-fastest time in school history and the fastest time at Penn since the school record was set in 2008. Senior captain Chelsea Delaney completed the opening 1,200 meters in 3:36.13 and handed to senior Stephanie Green who ran the 400 leg in 58.35. Junior Pauline Dabrowski finished the 800 in 2:14.26 and freshman Ashley Montgomery took the baton the final mile in 4:54.13. That combined for the all-time top five finish of 11:42.85.
In the women's 4x100-meter relay, the Quakers won their heat. Gabrielle Piper, Rachel Hlatky, Princess Lydia Ali and Heather Bong combined to finish in 46.88 and placed 31st among the 100 competing teams. They are an alternate for the ECAC Final as well as the 4x400 women's relay, which finished second in the heptagonal division at 3:47.39.
In the javelin, sophomore Kelsey Hay was sixth against a challenging field of 13. The school record-holder's best toss was her third throw of the day and advanced her into the finals. It landed at 47.21 meters (154 feet, 10 inches).
During the multi events on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jancewicz won the heptathlon with the third-best score in school history. With 5,035 points, she became just the third woman in school history to win the Penn Relays title in the event.
Friday will feature the men's relays, while Friday and Saturday will contain several more relays for the Quakers, including some Championship of America races. For a complete schedule of the events in which the Quakers will be participating, click here.
Penn Women at the Penn Relays
4x100 Relay: 31-Penn (46.88)
4x400 Heptagonal Relay: 2-Penn (3:47.39)
400-Meter Hurdles: 50-Green (1:05.23)
3,000 meters: 9-Whiting, Cleo (9:29.43); 13-Gensib (9:35.75)
10,000 meters: 13-Jhabvala (35:12.05)
College DMR: 4-Penn (11:42.85)
Discus: 22-Hill (43.42m)
Hammer: 21-Graf (47.66m)
Javelin: 6-Hay (47.21m)
Shot Put (Eastern): 20-Graf (11.60m); 26-Hill (11.14m)
Heptathlon: 1-Jancewicz (5,035)
Penn Men at the Penn Relays
5,000 meters: 14-Smith (14:21.57), 17-Tuck (14:24.96); 55-Trueman (15:01.79)
5,000 meters ODM: 17-Meadows (14:38.67)
10,000 meters: 5-Shearn (29:49.04); 31-Paez (31:20.02)